For those of you that are not in South Africa - The Living and Loving is a magazine based on pregnancy, birth, babies and everything to do about these subjects . I was addicted to getting my copy the 15th of every month, from the moment i found out i was expecting Deqlan - i relished every article and every page - the magazine took me through pregnancy, birth, newborn, feeding and play time and the milestones our little ones should be reaching.
But when Deqlan was diagnosed, my literature changed to pages and pages of neuroblastoma research and information, caring bridge and blog sites of warriors and angels fighting the beast.
The pages showing what my 9 month old should be doing seemed so irrelevant......
I was so pleasantly surprised to pick up the latest issue to see one of the front page headlines
CHILDHOOD CANCER: WHAT YOU HAVE TO KNOW
I am so happy that finally more awareness is being made through a channel that reaches hundreds of thousands each month - people can actually read that cancer does happen to children. That they can share in others journeys and that they can read the most important warning signs.
They also list the most common types of cancer in children with a brief description - an example
BESIDES BRAIN TUMOURS, NEUROBLASTOMA IS THE MOST COMMON SOLID TUMOUR IN CHILDREN IN WESTERN COUNTRIES. IT IS MOST OFTEN FOUND DURING THE FIRST YEAR OF LIFE . THIS TUMOUR USUALLY STARTS IN THE ABDOMEN AND IS NOTICED AS SWELLING, BUT IT CAN START ANYWHERE. IT CAN CAUSE BONE PAIN AND FEVER IN A CHILD.
I wish a little more couldve been said, but i suppose there is not enough space to elaborate on each in the 6 page article.
What i want to say is Hats off to Living and Loving for running an article many never want to read about - thank you for creating some awareness to addressing something so pressing and so urgent , its all about finding the cures for all the warriors around the world.
I am actually going to write to the magazine with an idea to run a story a month , focusing specifically on one cancer at a time , perhaps even writing a journey on a warrior or angel. If you would like to help me promote this idea, you can email the magazine at email@example.com
Well done Living and Loving, you have started to help so many children who need it
God Bless, Lots of Love
Mark Samm Deqlan Logan
'FOR I KNOW THE PLANS I HAVE FOR YOU ' DECLARES THE LORD.' PLANS TO PROSPER YOU AND NOT TO HARM YOU , PLANS TO GIVE YOU HOPE AND A FUTURE'